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glad to have you with us on this edition of news line. it's thursday, september 3rd, i'm kathryn kobayashi in tokyo. chinese leaders will hold a parade to thursday to commemorate the 70th anniversary of what they call their victory over japan. about 12,000 service members will take part in the event in tiananmen square. officials plan to showcase 40 types of hardware, and nearly 200 aircraft. officers in the people's
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liberation army say 84% of them have never been shown to the public before. they say the arms and equipment were domestically made. the event is scheduled to get under way at 10:00 a.m. local time. president xi jinping will deliver a speech before the parade. analysts suggest the parade is intended as a demonstration ever the nation's power and its resolve to lead the international community as one of the victorious allied powers in the second world war. our reporter in beijing has been watching the build-up to this parade and explains what china is hoping to achieve. >> reporter: chinese authorities have been holding events across the country for weeks. they are commemorating what they call the victory of the chinese people's war of resistance against japanese aggression. they mark the occasion every year, of course, but you can feel the difference this time.
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the tv stations are devoting much of their time to war-time dramas and historic documentaries, and for the first time ever, they're marking the day with a military parade. president xi jinping and other members of the party, launched a commemorative event in july with a speech outlining why they are important. [ speaking foreign language ] >> reporter: the xi administration wants to portray china has one of the allied victors alongside united states and britain. chinese foreign ministry has stated the events aren't designed to show hostility towards japan. >> translator: this celebration is not aimed at present day
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japan or its people. it has nothing to do with the relationship between china and japan today. we will make every effort to continue to improve the relations in line with the four-point agreement on ties between us. >> china's plans have drawn mixed responses. 30 countries have sent leaders or other dignitaries, but the -- and shinzo abe have stayed away. the event is clearly a big deal for the chinese leaders. they know the world is watching today. security is tight across the capital. authorities have put even more restrictions on foreign media. and they've even cleaned up the air by restricting traffic in beijing and suspending working
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factories for weeks now. japanese officials have welcomed an agreement between the leaders of china and south korea to hold a three-nation summit that includes japan. they'll start to work with their counterparts to fix the schedule for proposed talks. chinese president xi jinping met on wednesday with south korean president park geun-hye in beijing. they agreed to hold a meeting with japan in late october or early november in south korea. japanese foreign ministry officials say their south korean counterparts notified them of the contents of the accord. a senior foreign ministry official told nhk that it's a positive message, because japan had been calling for a tri-lateral summit before the end of the year. another senior official said the japanese government is fine with the proposed timing of the talks. leaders of the three countries met every year between 2008 and 2012, but they haven't done so
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for the past three years, since relations between japan and china, as well as japan and south korea soured over historical perceptions and other issues. japanese officials hope to arrange the first-ever talks between prime minister shinzo abe and south korean president park on the sidelines of the tri-lateral summit. south korean officials regard the agreement as an achievement of president park's visit to china. china had not been positive about holding the three-nation summit. the south korean officials hope it will ease criticism both domestic and from abroad of park's decision to attend a -- the parade in beijing. red cross officials have suspended their activity in yemen after two local workers were killed there. the pair was shot dead on wednesday while traveling by car in the northern province of amran. the killings come just days
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after gunmen attacked offices of the international committee of the red cross in the southern city of aden. an official told nhk the committee has suspended its assistance across the nation. the government has been fighting insurgents known as houthis since march. a suicide bomber blew himself up at a mosque in the capital sanaa, killing at least 20 people. the islamic state militant group has claimed responsibility for that. now 21 million people, or 80% of the yemeni population, are estimated to be in need of humanitarian assistance. the icrc is calling on all parties to secure the safety of aid workers. police in thailand say they suspect a man arrested on tuesday handled explosives used in last month's deadly bombings, and they say his fingerprints match those discovered on a bottle found at an apartment in
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bangkok. they say he looks like a person seen on surveillance near the site of the explosion. a man wearing a yellow shirt left a bag thought to contain explosives at the site. police raided an apartment where they made their first arrest. they say they found materials that could be used to make bombs inside, and they say fingerprints on the materials belong to their second suspect. >> translator: today we can confirm that forensic tests show the man's fingerprints were on a bottle containing an explosive substance found in the apartment. we can confirm that the man is involved in handling explosive materials. he could have brought the bomb out of the room or he could have taken it to the crime scene. the august 17th explosion killed 20 people and wounded more than 120. authorities suspect a group of at least ten people could be
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behind the attack. local media have reported the suspects were part of a group helping people from china's minority, flee to thailand and to other countries including turkey. militants have attacked an african unibase in somalia. the islamic extremist group, al shabaab has claimed responsibility. they say they killed 50 peacekeepers. the militants stormed the base some 80 kilometers south of the capital mogadishu on thursday. a car laden with explosives rammed into the base. a fierce exchange of gunfire followed. the base houses peacekeepers from uganda. the facility was taken by the militants at one point, but the soldiers later regained control. the au mission has yet to release casualty figures. the afp news agency quoted the military sources saying at least 50 soldiers were killed and 50 others remain unaccounted for. al shabaab continues to carry out acts of terror in somalia
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and neighboring kenya. despite counter attacks by somalian and au troops as well as drone strikes by the u.s. all eye oos -- eyes on the global market. ramin mel gard joins us now. what are some of the key points in this report? >> there are some positives, but also a little bit of caution. let's go over the details. the u.s. federal reserve says the country's economy continued expanding across most regions and sectors by late last month and wages rose in some areas. but it adds china's economic slowdown is hurting demand for high tech and other products. the fed releases its latest report on wednesday. summarizing comments collected from businesses and other entities in the 12 federal reserve districts between july and mid august. the report says manufacturing activity was mostly positive and auto sales increased in most
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districts. it also says existing home sales and residential leasing widely improved and home prices moved up in most areas. as for wage, the report says they're relatively stable, but adds several districts reported increasing wage pressure caused by labor market tightening. the report said three districts mentioned the chinese slowdown as a factor, noting reduced demand for wood products, chemicals and high tech goods. the fed has been expressing readiness to raise interest rates within this year, if it verifies economic improvement. the fed plans to convene a policy board meeting in the middle of this month. the board members will study the wage movement and impact of china's slowdown to decide whether to raise rates. the indonesian president will make a final decision on whether a contract to build a high-speed railway line will go to japan or
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china. the outcome of the talks is expected to be reported to the president on thursday. ministers from six government bodies met to consider which system to adopt. they haven't disclosed the outcome. the president is expected to make the final decision. indonesia's planning a 140-kilometer railway line connecting the capital jakarta and the city of bandung. the japanese contenders proposed exporting their sin can sen bullet train system. they focused on safety and high technical capabilities. china has been pushing its own high-speed railway. they did not disclose details of the discussion. he said the president will be the first to know the outcome. the president will make a final decision after receiving a briefing on the discussion on thursday. now let's check on the markets. wall street closed higher, tech shares led the advance with the nasdaq adding more than 2%. the dow was up 1.8%.
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for more, let's go to mayu at the tokyo stock exchange. the u.s. fed's beige book showed some upbeat activity, some positives there. so how is all of that affecting the tokyo markets? >> good morning, ramin, they basically said that the u.s. economy is expanding just about everywhere, so that pushed up the dollar and led to that sharp rally in new york. so let's see how tokyo markets are opening this thursday. japanese stocks are snapping their losing streak for the first time in four days. the nikkei is up to 18,445, about 2%, and the topix is up nearly 2% as well, 1,495. and given the current levels, one analyst told me japanese shares look oversold. bulls say it's only a matter of time, to revive a rally in tokyo as japanese markets are outperforming in the region for the year.
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they say, improving earnings and a favorable currency are likely to help boost sentiment again. the weak yen usually helps japanese exports to earn more money abroad. and the dollar is rising again, around 120.60. and the beige book itself will not sway the feds' potential rate hike in september, but it's a piece of evidence the fed will use. analysts saying the important thing is that it came out two weeks before that widely focused fed policy meeting. switching to china, markets will be closed today, and markets in mainland china will be closed friday as well. so at least for the rest of the week, investors don't have to worry about the impact from chinese markets. >> obviously chinese markets closed, but what will be the next focus for investors? >> it's definitely going to be, for today at least, the european
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central bank, because the ecb will hold a meeting later today. no major policy changes are expected, but the euro will be in focus as traders view it as a safe haven among the china triggered move. a stronger euro dampens inflation and experts from the eurozone say the ecb is expected to cut inflation forecasts. euro/yen is around 135.20. so the ecb and the u.s. jobs data will be the two key words for the trading for the rest of the week. but for now, that's it from me. back to you, ramin. >> the ecb sand the jobs data, mayu, thank you very much. now, more than 20 million cats and dogs in japan are kept as pets. and they're taking on the same importance as children in the lives of many of the owners.
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in the first installment of our two-part series in trends in japanese pet care, we'll look at some of the steps that companies are taking to help people keep their cherished companions in top form. >> reporter: at this gym, some of the customers look a bit unusual. it's a dog on a balance ball. a dog swimming. and another, learning to jump over a hurdle. this fitness center for dogs opened last month. this lady comes here once a week. her dog lives indoors. she wants to make sure he's getting enough exercise. an expert in animal fitness consults with the owner and draws up the customer's program
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for each dog. she wanted him to get used to water, so he's working out in the pool. >> translator: the dog can exercise more efficiently in water. it will boost his metabolism. >> reporter: in just one month, he's made progress. >> translator: right now, my dog doesn't have any serious illnesses or injuries, but i think coming to the gym will help prevent them. >> reporter: training sessions start at about $30 for 30 minutes. the operator predicts there will be more such gyms aroun japan. >> a lot of dogs don't get to move around too much. we see opportunity in meeting a growing need. >> reporter: a major mobile service provider is also getting
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to the canine health business. this device allows dog owners to keep track of their pet's condition. >> the unit fits on the dog's collar. a built-in censor detects the animal's movements. the owner can use a smartphone to monitor the dog's status, even from a distance. the device transmits behavioral data to a central server and then to the user's smartphone. the animal's daily activities are summarized in a graph. any variation from the normal pattern could mean there's something wrong with the dog. owners can enter the type and quantity of the pet food and the intake will be calculated automatically. should the dog's activity level drop, the owner will receive a
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veterinarian-approved message like this. the device costs about $135, plus service charges of about $60 a year. the developer sees a demand for this kind of fine-tuning approach. >> translator: people are investing more and more in their pets, year after year, as if they were their children. this is becoming a very big market. >> reporter: businesses like these are hoping the desire of pet lovers to keep their animals trim and fit will result in healthy profits in the years to come. in our next installment of pet trends, we'll report on initiatives designed to help elderly people continue to care for their animal companions.
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and that's all for business news for this hour. >> thank you very much, ramin. in hawaii, a group of japanese americans are working hard to make sure a nearly forgotten part of history will be remembered for generations to come. they have succeeded in getting official recognition for the site of a world war ii internment camp. yusaku ishii reports. >> reporter: this wooded area, a half-hour drive from downtown honolulu, was once home to hawaii's largest japanese-american internment camp built by the u.s. government. but for a long time since the war, few people knew where it was located. about 160,000 japanese-americans were living in hawaii when the imperial japanese navy attacked pearl harbor. it is thought about 400 of them were sent to this internment camp, selected because they were
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community leaders, had been educated in japan, or were suspected of being disloyal to the u.s. albert ishikawa is a third generation japanese-american. his father was held in the camp during the war. he worked for a japanese-american newspaper, but was taken into custody without warning. in the camp, than drew many pictures depicting life there. but after he was released, he did not talk much about his experience. >> he knew he wasn't an enemy. and i knew he wasn't, either. you can't change the world. things like that, you cannot do anything. >> reporter: former internees rarely spoke of their experiences. they were afraid of being associated with the enemy.
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as a result, the camp faded from public memory. but a japanese-american organization has uncovered long forgotten details about the internment camp. as a third generation japanese-american, jane kuruhara felt it was her mission to research the camp. she used wartime photos and interviewed many survivors and people connected with the camp. after four years of research, in 2002 she finally discovered the exact site in a place called hell valley, named for its extreme temperatures, humidity, and numerous insects. >> this side were the latrines. no doors. no privacy. because a guard had to be able to see you.
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>> reporter: she and her group asked the government to acknowledge the historic importance of this site. in february, president obama designated the site of the former camp a national monument. it will be maintained and preserved by the federal government to further the study of wartime detention. >> this is something we shouldn't forget. it's for the benefit of this generation and future generations. >> reporter: the work of her group was distributed to every high school in hawaii to be used as educational material. >> we need to teach more in our schools about how the history
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behind racism and ignorance. >> reporter: more people are starting to pass on stories of hawaii's japanese-americans to the next generation, in the hope that tragic experiences are not forgotten. nhk world, hawaii. it's time now for a check of the weather. people in tokyo are seeing another rainy morning. robert speta joins us with the latest. >> at least over the next 24 hours, it looks like we're not going to be actually out here. on wednesday, we did see the sun speak through in the afternoon hours. we have this push away, the sunnier skies came in, first time in several days. on thursday, another storm moving in from the west, all along this frontal boundary, bringing showers, nagasaki, about 50 millimeters per hour was reported out here, and you
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could see an addition of 100 millimeters through the next 24 hours, with the showers definitely coming down even into the tokyo area by thursday afternoon. really starting to get very wet out here. so you want to have an umbrella ready on stand by for the rest of the day. maybe by friday afternoon, we'll get a bit of a break. on saturday and sunday, this whole frontal area, which is still pumping lows out of southeastern china, is all going to dip down to the south. with that, pulling in cooler air, so next week, by monday, we'll seeing that damp weather, but also the temperatures dropping off to what it should feel like in maybe late september to october. so definitely cooling off. for now, tokyo, 29, partly cloudy skies. shanghai at 31. we still have showers down there towards the south and taipei and hong kong. also want to take you to south america. we haven't -- have seen
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flooding, heavy rain came down hard, flooding homes, cattle had to move to higher ground. we still had rain in some of the higher elevations out there. that has stopped. look at the outlook here. the precipitation pretty much over with, but all that water flowing downstream, so still a flood threat in some of these areas. otherwise, though, the weather is definitely improved. at least down to the south, into parts of chile, still seeing some parts of precipitation. here into the americas, into the deep south, still that moisture surging, some heavy precipitation along the gulf coast and the north american monsoon still ongoing. a tropical depression off the coast of baja, california, some localized flood threats in parts
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of arizona. but further west, doesn't look like you'll get the rain and you need it. >> back east, warmer air surging in from the south. canada as well, you're looking at pretty decent weather. look at winnipeg, thursday's high, 30 degrees here. but by sunday, 21. so getting back to average. because right now, you should be at 19. you're about 11 degrees above average on your thursday. so enjoy it for the time being. chicago has well, some thunderstorms there on your thursday, friday, all the way through the rest of the week, temperatures remaining in the high 20s. while in new york, partly cloudy skies, by friday, showers pushing through. temperatures starting to taper off. do want to quickly touch in on what's going on here in western africa. i know the cape verde islands, you had a hurricane earlier this week. the rain has tapered off now, but all that band is shifting down towards the south. so areas like guinea, heavy
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rainfall for the next couple days, at least farther north, where cape verde is still recovering, some partly cloudy skies. i'll leave you now with your extended outlook. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ that wraps up this edition of "newsline." i'm catherine kobayashi in tokyo. thanks for staying with us. ♪ x0
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